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Let's Go To The Races - July 18-19, 2015
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KING GEORGE PRODUCES THRILLING FINISH AND GUTSY CLUTCH VICTORY BY POSTPONED! Eagle Top briefly was in front in the last 100 yards, but Postponed would have none of it, sticking his nose in front at the wire, displaying bravery and determination where it counted.  The defections of Golden Horn and Flintshire in the King George opened the race up to produce one of the most thrilling finishes to the contest in years, with POSTPONED refusing to surrender to Eagle Top at the wire. A heart-stopping finish, and one sure to go down to rival the 1975 contest between Grundy and Bustino, which has often been referred to as the "race of the century" in the UK. The win by the son of Dubawi adds to the many other successes by this sire for the year.  Additional coverage by the UK Telegraph - click here  More of the story - click here   Full result - click here   Racing Post result with comments

Ten Up For King George | TDN
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - History
Be sure to visit this web site. There are a couple of videos also of past praces

2014 Taghrooda  2014 King George - Taghrooda - Video
2013 Novellist  2013 King George - Novellist - Video Set a new record at 2:24.6
2012 Danedream 2012 King George - Danedream - Video

From Wikipedia:  In 1975, "The Race of the Century" between Grundy and Bustino
It is Britain's most prestigious open-age flat race, and its roll of honour features some of the most highly acclaimed horses of the sport's recent history. The 1975 running, which involved a hard-fought battle to the finish between Grundy and Bustino, is frequently described as the "race of the century". Many of its winners subsequently compete in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and a number go on to have a successful career at stud. The race is often informally referred to as the "King George".

1975 King George - Grundy & Bustino - Race of the Century Part 1
1975 King George - Grundy & Bustino - Race of the Century Part 2
King George Top Three Finishers in History

Dahlia won it twice, 1973-74, and she was third in 1975, in the epic contest noted above; and Swain 1997-98

Likely fields for opening weekend at Saratoga
An early look at the likely fields for Saratoga's opening weekend stakes
By: Kellie Reilly on July 19, 2015
In anticipation of Saratoga's opening weekend, NYRA has released the probables for Friday's Schuylverville (G3) and Lake George (G2), Saturday's Sanford (G3) and Diana (G1), and next Sunday's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).

Photo of Stephanie's Kitten courtesy of NYRA/Coglianese
 Photography/David Alcosser

In the opening day Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, TONASAH will likely get another chance to compete against the top two from the June 4 Astoria, MOMENT IS RIGHT and DECKED OUT. I say another chance because TONASAH is the one who was set to make her career debut in the Astoria, only to run loose around Belmont Park and have to be scratched. The Todd Pletcher filly came back to wire a five-furlong maiden by 5 1/2 lengths. Pletcher is also expected to send out debut maiden winner POSITIVELY ROYAL.  Read more at source.

For replay of races, click on CARD below under Featured Races

Catch A Flight finds just enough in San Diego
Hard Not To Like stakes claim as best older turf mare in Diana
Uncle Vinny ascends questionable DQ in Sanford
Catch A Flight soars in San Diego 'cap winner's circle
For more recaps and links to race charts, click here
Big John B handles dirt and rivals in Friday's Cougar II
Big Book goes three-for-three in Fleet Treat
Favorites upset in Monmouth and Woodbine stakes

Come back here after a race has completed to see replay at the CARD, below.


Time Ordered Races - printable file - Revised
Race Index

5:29 ET  LAKE GEORGE S G2, Sar, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT  R9   CARD
2:39 ET  SCHUYLERVILLE S G3, Sar, $150,000, 2yo, f, 6f  R4   CARD
9:30 ET  COUGAR II H G3, Dlmr, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/2m  R6   CARD


International - Great Britain
10:50 a.m. ET  King George VI and Queen Eliz. S G1 3+ 12f TR5  CARD

Late scratches: Golden Horn and Flintshire
Forecast: 1/2 Golden Horn, 7/1 Eagle Top, 15/2 Snow Sky, 12/1 Flintshire, Postponed, 16/1 The Corsican, 33/1 Clever Cookie, Dylan Mouth, 50/1 Romsdal, 66/1 Madame Chiang

 North America
2:28 ET  Colin S, WO, $125,000, 2yo, 6f  R4   CARD
4:41 ET  Ontario Matron S G3, WO, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m  R8   CARD
5:32 ET  SANFORD S G3, Sar, $150,000, 2yo, 6f  R9   CARD
5:46 ET  JERSEY SHORE S G3, Mth, $100,000, 3yo, 6f  R11   CARD
6:07 ET  DIANA S G1, Sar, $500,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8mT R10   CARD
6:09 ET  Fleet Treat S r, Dlmr, $200,000, 3yo, f, 7f  R3   CARD
6:28 ET  Rio Grande Senorita Futurity r, Rui, $175,000, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f  R9   CARD
9:40 ET  SAN DIEGO H G2, Dlmr, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m  R8   CARD

2:28 ET  Toronto Cup, WO, $125,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT  R4   CARD
4:41 ET  Royal North S G3, WO, $150,000, 3+, f&m, 6fT  R8   CARD
6:02 ET  Rio Grande Senor Futurity r, Rui, $175,000, 2yo, c&g, 5 1/2f  R8   CARD
6:07 ET  CC AMERICAN OAKS G1, Sar, $300,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
7:40 ET  BING CROSBY S G1, Dlmr, $300,000, 3+, 6f  R6   CARD
8:40 ET  Californiia Dreamin' H r, Dlmr, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT  R8   CARD

More on today's races
Leigh Court, Ageless face off in Royal North
I'm A Chatterbox returns in CCA Oaks
Masochistic looms large in Bing Crosby



American Pharoah blitzes bullet at Del Mar

The downside to all this hoopla over AP's latest workout is it is likely to chase off competition and any races he runs in probably will not give him much of a challenge. I hope good horses will step up and enter races he runs in, but it may take the Breeders' Cup before we get to see him run against top horses. Playing against time here, and, there's always a chance he could have a hiccup, with even a small setback calling a halt to his career sooner rather than later. Baffert will do his part, I think, with a lot of history behind him to guide him through this journey. He's not likely to make some of the mistakes that were made with Secretariat or Seattle Slew in their post Triple Crown race schedule. Another good thing in AP's favor, I think, is the fact that he hasn't had that heavy of a racing schedule (not downgrading the Triple Crown, just that as far as the number of races he has run in, he is the lightest raced TC winner by a lot of races.)

Honor Code gears up for Whitney; Frosted leads Jim Dandy worktab
NBC SN Horse Racing Schedule
American Pharoah's jaw-dropping workout at Del Mar July 23, 2015 
In other news from the Spa, champion Untapable could wait for the August 29 Personal Ensign (G1) (story here) and multiple Saratoga Grade 1 star Palace (City Zip) is ready for the second half after a freshening (story here).

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